The government shutdown is affecting all of us and will continue to provide barriers to food and housing. Here’s how the shutdown is and will be affecting West Ohio communities:
Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)
- The Department of Agriculture (USDA) cannot guarantee funding of SNAP benefits beyond February.
- SNAP supports 38+ million people, of whom 76% are children, older adults, or persons with disabilities.
- SNAP supports 1,399,579 Ohioans and 691,849 assistance groups, like food pantries
Food Pantry Resources
- Some food pantries have had to start paying for the transportation and storage of USDA provided goods.
Section 8/HUD Housing
- The Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) cannot renew funding for 2019.
- Residents in Section 8/HUD housing may be evicted due to lack of rent payments.
IMPACT ON FARMERS
- USDA support checks will not be delivered to farmers who have already been hit hard by the international trade war
- Government support helps farmers to purchase seed, gasoline, and other necessary supplies
IMPACT ON FURLOUGHED WORKERS
- Furloughed workers are not receiving paychecks which directly affects their ability to make payments on bills, mortgage, food, medicine, and more.
- Families who have typically been financially stable will be struggling to make ends meet and will be relying on local resources for food, rent and heat, and more.
HOW DO I HELP?
- CONNECT with local pantries and kitchens
- Find out what resources are most needed and provide those items
- CONNECT with landlords and electric/gas companies to resolve potential missed payments
- CONNECT with local folks
- Find out who in your community will need greater assistance due to the shutdown
- Find out what sources are providing additional assistance for food, housing, and more
- ADVOCATE to reopen the government:
- Contact Senators: Sherrod Brown, (202) 224-2315 & Rob Portman, (202) 224-3353
- Contact Representatives: Find your representative: https://www.house.gov/
HOW to advocate:
- Introduce yourself as a concerned constituent and a United Methodist.
- State your opposition to the government shut down and urge for immediate re-opening.
- Tell them WHY you wish for the government to reopen:
- People in my community are suffering trying to keep their housing, stay warm, and feed their family due to the government shutdown.
- As a United Methodist and an American citizen, I urge you to care for all people, especially the poor among us, by reopening the government swiftly.
- The families in my community need the government to reopen so that the life-giving resources of food, housing, heat, and more can help families survive and thrive.
For more information or to take action, contact Rebecca L. Hug, Community Engagement Coordinator (740) 689-7645 or rhug [at] wocumc.org